Scientific Name: Alstonia scholaris (L.) R.Br.

Family Name: Apocynaceae


Various parts of the Dita tree, including its bark, leaves, and latex, have been used in traditional medicine in different cultures. The latex is known for its medicinal properties and has been used for treating skin diseases, wounds, and as an antidote for snake bites.

The wood of this tree is lightweight and can be used in making boxes, matchsticks, and as timber for construction. Unfortunately, the wood is not durable and is prone to termite attacks.

Wood of Alstonia scholaris has been recommended for the manufacture of pencils, as it is suitable in nature. The flowers yield an essential oil.